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GM mustard opposers to meet approval panel today

By Snehlata Shrivastav – Times of India, 18 July 2016

Nagpur: Activists and scientists, who are challenging the scientific basis, rigour, competence and integrity of the scientists who developed the Dhara Mustard Hybrid or DMH-11, have come out with proof of rigging of data, manipulations and blatant violation of recommended protocols and guidelines of the regulators, the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) and the Review Committee for Genetic Manipulation (RCGM).

Rigged data used for GM Mustard clearance, claims NGO

The New Indian Express, 21 June 2016

NEW DELHI: The Delhi University scientists led by former Vice Chancellor Deepak Pental notched up yield increases through transgenic mustard hybrid DMH-11 by around 7.5 percent through rigged research and development and testing, said a civil society group Monday.

The Coalition for a GM-Free India also shared the raw data from field trials which shows that derived yield is completely at variance with yields reported by the Delhi University’s Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants (CGCMP) and basic scientific understanding will clearly show that data is unbelievable in its possibility of natural occurrence. Under pressure from civil society, farmer groups and scientists, the environment ministry in February this year did not give permission for commercialization of GM Mustard and sought more details from developers.

Activists cry foul over GM mustard

LiveMint, 21 June 2016

Activists accuse government of supporting seed and chemical makers at the expense of farmers and other citizens despite risks

Make GM mustard data public, biotech regulator tells developers

The Indian Express, 21 June 2016

The Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) under Environment Ministry met Monday to consider the pending decision on GM mustard and to take up fresh applications for research trials of new GM crops.

Central regulator poised to give its nod to GM mustard; Activists raise objections

The Economic Times, 20 June 2016

GEAC defers decision on commercial cultivation of GM mustard

The Economic Times, 20 June 2016

GM mustard back on the table again?

The Hindu Business Line, 17 June 2016